Raipur: In yet another gift to the farmers, the State government has transferred Rs 1522 crore in the bank accounts of about 21 lakh farmers of the state on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi on August 20.
An amount of Rs 3.49 crore was transferred online to cattle rearers and the Gauthan committees and women self-help groups under the GodhanNyay Yojana.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that the government has adopted the vision of Rajiv Gandhi to eradicate poverty and build a self-reliant India in Chhattisgarh. Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana' has been started to provide remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce.
The government has expanded the scope of this scheme from Kharif season 2021 to include paddy as well as other Kharif crops. Along with this, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Bhoomheen Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana is being started to provide financial help to the landless agricultural laborers of rural areas of the state. Under this scheme, 6000 rupees will be given annually to such families of rural areas, who do not have agricultural land and are associated with MNREGA or agricultural wages.
Under the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, in the year 2020-21, an amount of more than Rs 5600 crore is being given to about 21 lakh farmers of the state in 4 installments as crop production incentive input assistance to paddy and sugarcane growing farmers. 1525 crore 97 lakh was paid to the farmers as the first installment in their account. At the same time, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the late Rajiv Gandhi, an amount of Rs 1522 crore 3 lakh was transferred to the farmers in their bank accounts as the second installment. In 2019-20, Rs 5628 crore was given to the farmers.
This year also, the process of giving input assistance to farmers under this scheme is going on and on August 20, 2021, Rs 1522 crore 3 lakh was paid to paddy and sugarcane farmers as the second installment. It is worth mentioning that through the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, agriculture has been encouraged in the state. In the last two and a half years, the number of farmers has increased from 15 lakh to 22 lakh and the area under paddy cultivation has increased from 22 lakh hectares to more than 27 lakh hectares. People who have turned away from agriculture have also started joining agriculture again.
Under the Godhan Nyay Yojana, Rs 1 crore was given to the cattle owners, villagers as the 26th installment on August 20, Rs 1.3 crore as dividend to the self-help groups, and Rs 1.46 crore to Gauthan committees, thus paying a total of Rs 3.49 crore. It is worth mentioning here that under the GodhanNyay Yojana started in the state from July 20, 2020, cow dung worth Rs.99 crore 8 lakh has been purchased so far.
This amount is mostly contributed by cow dung sellers, cattle farmers, villagers, people belonging to backward classes, scheduled castes, and tribes. About 45 percent of the benefitted cow dung sellers are women. Among the beneficiaries, more than 78 thousand people belong to landless families. directly transferred to the account of So far, Rs 18 crore 49 lakh has been paid to self-help groups associated with Gauthans and Rs 26 crore 75 lakhs to Gauthan committees.